Delivering a high caliber of Western Canadian and international bands with the glorious backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in the Okanagan valley for the last eight years, Armstrong Metalfest is proud to announce the first eight bands to join the 2017 line up taking place on July 14th and 15th at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong, BC.
Taking influence from Europe's music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but eleven local metal bands such as Terrifier, Xul and Odinfist to name a few, has grown into a a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene. 2016 was the eighth year of the festival and was its largest year for music and attendance. Previous years of the festival have seen line ups with Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Beyond Creation, Dayglo Abortions, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, Anciients, Bison
BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, Gomorrah among many others.
For more info, please visit www.ArmstrongMetalFest.ca
Confirmed for the fest are the following:
Odinfist (Armstrong, BC) - www.odinfist.bandcamp.com
Hard hitting Viking power thrash, for fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar and 3 Inches of Blood. Odinfist has been around the Okanagan Valley for a number of years now and has participated in a variety of major shows in their area including headlining Armstrong Metalfest in 2009 and 2010 along with co-headlining in 2011. They have supported a variety of other bands such as Kataklysm, Thor, 3 Inches of Blood, etc. Odinfist's latest album, "The Old Lighthouse" is available now!
A Canadian death metal band that hails from the industrious town of Edmonton, Alberta, Eye of Horus profess a global initiative, an industrious work ethic, and a love for their craft. A strict practice regime has shaped their live performance to be a tight, crushingly heavy sound that supports a melodically and vocally engaging performance. The band further draws the audience in with lyrical content ripe with elements of rich, visceral storytelling. But make no mistake, Eye of Horus delivers a death assault that bangs heads and evokes infernal nightmares. Eye of Horus is actively seeking shows and tours to add to their repertoire of accomplished artists such as; Exhumed, 3 Inches of Blood, Dying Fetus, Abiotic, Wretched, Havok, Bermuda, and Goatwhore. The band's latest EP "Obsidian" is out now.
Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC) - http://gatekeepervinland.com
Five guardians of true epic heavy metal from the frigid plains of Canadia. Jeff Black formed Gatekeeper in the dismal haze of 2010 as a spitting retort to everything happening on a musical level in the frost-kissed prairies of Alberta. In a land dominated by blast beats, scooped mids and vocalists who couldn't find a melody in a shopping bag, Gatekeeper stands upright and unchained, continuing the legacy laid down by such luminaries as Robert E. Howard, Bathory, Frank Frazetta, Manowar, Candlemass and Manilla Road. If your interests lie in the direction of things ancient, lost and far away, Gatekeeper might be for you. If not? Good riddance.
Xul (Vernon, BC) - https://xulmetal.bandcamp.com
A five piece group based out of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, following in the footsteps of bands such as: Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal, XUL have left the beaten path and set out to forge their own brand of Blackened Death Metal. The band's latest EP 'Extinction Necromance' is out now.
Tales of The Tomb (Edmonton, AB) - https://talesofthetomb.bandcamp.com
Every town has stories to caution or warn, every police officer has a seen a crime that keeps them awake at night, and every coroner has seen death in ways that the rest of us could never imagine. Murder, conspiracy, supernatural horror, and real-life terror are stains on the cutting room floor where Edmonton-based group Tales of The Tomb paints their canvas. The band has their eyes poised to victimize their audiences anywhere they can reach. Their debut album Volume One: Morphras EP was unleashed on audiences November 27, 2015. This concept album about murder was mixed and mastered by Euro-death metal master Dan Swano (ex-Bloodbath, Unisound) and is just the first of many more sonic crimes to come from Tales of The Tomb.
Aggression (Vancouver, BC) - http://www.rawthomatopokay.com
Aggression, the legendary Canadian thrash metal band, was formed in the spring of 1985 (originally under the moniker “Asylum”), by the 2 guitar shredders Sasquatch and Burn. Rounding out the lineup was Botcher on vocals, Dug on Bass and Gate on drums. After a few demos they recorded “Forgotten Skeleton” in 1986. Unfortunately the album would not see a release until 2005. (Almost 20 years later!) A few lineup changes later, Aggression recorded and released 1987’s The Full Treatment.
They received good reviews for their demos and The Full Treatment, and very quickly became one of the most popular thrash metal bands in Quebec and Canada. Their concerts were sold out everywhere, and the fanbase grew from hundreds to thousands in no time. With his public relations expertise, their manager at the time (Johnny Hart) quickly made Aggression a household name. Other bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Hallow’s Eve, Destruction and others all wanted to see the beast for themselves and meet Aggression while they were in Montreal. Playing numerous concerts with bands such as Anvil, Celtic Frost, Voïvod, Nuclear Assault, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Possessed, Dark Angel, Crumbsuckers, Sacrifice and others. Due to certain members drug habits and bad decision making the band was all but dead in 1989.
Fast forward to 2005. The 1986 unreleased thrash metal album Forgotten Skeleton gets released and see’s the band reunite at Montreal Metal Massacre fest 2005. Unable to commit to anything more than a few reunion shows it was decided that the band would be put to rest once more. In 2014, now calling Vancouver, BC home, Sasquatch has enlisted help from vocalist Brian Langley (Infernal Majesty), bassist Martin Meyer (Disciples of Power), guitarist Dave Watson (Entropia) and drummer Ryan Idris (ExPain) to breathe new life into Aggression. Since reforming, the band has been playing festivals and touring all over North America and have released the first brand new, full length album 'Fragmented Spirit Devils' in 29 years!
Seraphic Nihilist (Prince George, BC) - https://www.facebook.com/SeraphicNihilist
A quintuplet of epic black metal crossed with crazy grindcore ready to slaughter many at shows and eardrums.
Gardener (Vernon, BC) (more info coming soon)
Ticket and camping pricing:
Weekend passes - $120 CAD for regular pre-sale and will be $160 CAD at the gate. Day passes will be available at the festival gate only for $70 CAD. Camping is an additional $20 CAD for day passes per night. Please visit the following link for details and purchase: https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/
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Broken Neck Radio - http://www.brokenneckradio.com
Canada's Extreme Metal Radio - http://www.xtrememetalradio.ca
Metal Master Kingdom - http://www.metalmasterkingdom.com
Metal Nation Radio - http://www.metalnationradio.com
No Messiah - http://www.nomessiah.net
Old Style Pilsner - http://www.oldstylepilsner.com
PureGrainAudio - http://www.puregrainaudio.com
Rancho Vignola - http://www.ranchovignola.com
The Green - http://www.thegreen.ca